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A plate of smoked chicken thighs coated in spice rub and barbecue sauce.

Smoked Chicken Thighs

These smoked chicken thighs are coated in a homemade spice rub then cooked in a smoker to tender and flavorful perfection. Serve these chicken thighs your favorite barbecue sauce for your next outdoor gathering!
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword smoked chicken thighs
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 3 hours
Total Time 3 hours 10 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 378kcal
Author Sara Welch



  • Preheat an electric smoker to 250 degrees F. Add apple wood chips to the smoker.
  • Coat the chicken thighs with the rub, making sure to get the spices both on top of and underneath the skin.
  • Place the chicken in the smoker. Cook for 2 1/2 - 3 hours or until a thermometer registers 165 degrees F in the thickest part of the thighs. Be sure to check the smoker occasionally to see if the wood chips need to be refilled.
  • Brush the barbecue sauce over the chicken, then cook for an additional 10 minutes. Serve immediately.


Calories: 378kcal | Carbohydrates: 23g | Protein: 21g | Fat: 16g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 125mg | Sodium: 389mg | Potassium: 374mg | Sugar: 19g | Vitamin A: 205IU | Vitamin C: 0.2mg | Calcium: 29mg | Iron: 1.2mg